PERSPECTIVE
The strange case of beaver return in Italy: origins and management
 
More details
Hide details
1
Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology University of Turin
 
2
Ethoikos
 
3
SIEF - Società Italiana di Ecopatologia della Fauna
 
4
Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, University of Ferrara
 
5
Zoology Section of the Friulian Natural History Museum, Udine
 
6
Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari
 
7
Muse, Science museum of Trento
 
8
ISPRA, Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
 
9
CNR - Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems (IRET)
 
10
Dipartimento Bioscienze e Territorio, Università del Molise
 
11
Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
 
 
Online publication date: 2023-12-31
 
 
Publication date: 2023-12-31
 
 
Corresponding author
Sandro Bertolino   

Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology University of Turin
 
 
 
KEYWORDS
TOPICS
ABSTRACT
The Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) became extinct in Italy between the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century. A few animals were recorded at the border with Austria in 2018 and 2020. Between 2021 and 2023, beavers were reported six Central and Southern Italy areas at more than 350-400 km from the nearest colonies. Following an official position by the Italian Mammal Society, this paper aims to explore the possible origin of these nuclei, suggests their removal and provide an analysis of the concerns and management recommendations. Given the distances between beaver locations in Central and Southern Italy and the rapid appearance of numerous small nuclei with few individuals in just a couple of years, the most plausible explanation is multiple unlawful releases. Unplanned and unauthorised reintroductions are unacceptable in terms of a sound wildlife management approach and represent a dangerous precedent stimulating further unlawful release of mammals. Therefore, we urge competent authorities to remove these animals from the field.
eISSN:1825-5272
ISSN:0394-1914
Journals System - logo
Scroll to top